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Dreams can be so weird

February 28th, 2008

Have you ever had a dream that you were killed? What is up with THAT?! I had a dream last night that was really long and ended with me being hit by a truck. The dream had my mom in it (who passed away several years ago) and somehow I got lost in a Costco (told you it was weird).Dreams

I met up with my husband, son, and father outside Costco and got into a car with them. While driving down a busy, two-laned road, I asked my husband to immediately stop the car. I jumped out of the car holding 2 Mason jars. I looked down at them and wondered why I was holding them when I looked up just in time to get hit by a truck. Now it gets weird (ok, it was already weird).

I disappear and my body turns to smoke and fills the jars. I am seeing police tape off the area of the road where I was killed. I see my family crying on the side of the road. I hear the police say that the driver commited a “hit and run” and can’t be found. I go over to my husband and tell him that I am still here. I have been told that I can say good-bye to 15 people before I go. He hears me in his head and says he doesn’t understand. He looks at the mason jars that are in the middle of the police tape on the asphalt, and sees the smoke in them. I tell him that I am in the jars and as long as the jars are full, I am still here. I tell him I will be right back.

I visit my in-laws, my brother and others. I tell them I love them and that I will always be with them. I have to go. My mother-in-law cries. I then hear my husband say that the smoke is leaving the jars. I think “I need to tell my husband and son how much I will miss them”. Just then, I wake up.

What on Earth was that about? Kind of makes you wonder what is “really” bugging you to make your brain come up with strange things like that. It reminds me of another dream I had last year:

I was in the passenger seat of a big car next to a stranger. We are driving on a very windy road somewhere in California. All of the sudden, the driver drives off the road over the cliff. Next thing I know, I am in an office with an angel typing at a desk. I go up and ask what is going on. The angel says that I died and have a seat. I get VERY UPSET and demand to know why I am dead. Afterall, I don’t WANT to be dead. The angel looks up and says: “You had your 3 seconds. You didn’t use the 3 second rule.”

I scream that I have no idea what the 3 second rule is. The angel says: “Everyone knows that when you are about to die, you have 3 seconds to cancel it and remain living. You didn’t use your 3 seconds wisely. Now you are dead.”

I woke up after that one. I think my brain needed to reboot or something after a comment like that one. Isn’t it amazing what our minds can do? Quantum physics, advanced mathematics, compose a symphony, and come up with some extremely bizarre dreams about death. Weird.

Making Movies from Kid’s Books – Not always successful

February 19th, 2008

We went to see the Spiderwick Chronicles today. This series is one that our family has read several times over and thoroughly enjoyed. Fairies, goblins, elves, and a book full of secrets. All the makings of a great story. Sadly, the movie didn’t offer as much entertainment as the books do. It fell a bit….short.

That seems to be the case when many children’s books are brought to the big screen. We are big fans of the Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. For some reason, the somber mystery that the books portrays didn’t transfer to the big screen. No matter how hard Jim Carrey tried, Count Olaf couldn’t save the film from failure.

Why can’t book adaptations do a better job? Our family is still waiting for the Percy Jackson and the Olympians movie to come out. As this is one of our favorite series (and then some), we are hoping that the movie studios work some magic (forgive the pun).

If they can do it for Harry Potter and Narnia, why can’t they do it for other book series?

6 Months of Training vs. the Flu Bug. Winner: Flu Bug

February 16th, 2008

To say I am angry would be understatement of a lifetime. I am so beyond frustrated.

I have been training for 6 months in order to run the 3M and AT&T Half Marathons. I ran the 3M in 2:09 in January and was looking forward to beating that time for the AT&T. That was until I got the flu earlier this week.

My son and I have been sick all week (with all the nasty symptoms). I have been praying that I would recover quickly so I could run the AT&T tomorrow. I was starting to feel a bit better on Friday morning and thought “finally, I can run”. As the day went on, I started to cough and cough. The dry cough I had earlier in the week had turned into a strong, wet cough and wheezing.

I picked up my husband from the airport last night and he said that I sound like I am on the road to getting either Broncitis or pneumonia. He forbid me from running the half as I could hospitalize myself by running 13.1 while sick. My lungs are already weak from 5 days of coughing.

I coughed all night long and got less than 5 hours of sleep. I woke up this morning with a very sore chest and wet coughing. I know my husband cares for me and wants me better. I know that he is right about running that distance and being so sick. However, I am just soooooo angry about it.

I have been training for 6 months and now have a $50 t-shirt that says I ran a race that I was too sick to run. My husband said: “Babe, life isn’t fair.” No, it certainly isn’t.

So, while thousands are running the AT&T half and full marathon tomorrow, I will be at home feeling sorry that I couldn’t be one of them.

Stupid flu….darn you….I hate you for ruining 6 months of training and making me miserable.

Proposed Law Bans Obese Restaurant Patrons?

February 11th, 2008

A trio of Mississippi lawmakers has proposed pending legislation that would, in effect, bar obese people from dining at public restaurants.

More than 30 percent of Mississippi’s population is onsidered obese. It is always at the top of the annual “fattest states” list. However, there has been considerable outrage over Mississippi House Bill 282 (proposed by 2 Republics and 1 Democrat).

US ConstitutionThe law would apply to any restaurant that holds a health department permit and has enclosed seating for five or more – a definition broad enough to cover almost every restaurant in the state, not just those that serve fast food. The bill does not spell out what penalties an eatery would face for violating the law.

“Any food establishment to which this section applies shall not be allowed to serve food to any person who is obese, based on criteria prescribed by the State Department of Health after consultation with the Mississippi Council on Obesity Prevention and Management,” the bill states.

The chance that the bill will pass is doubtful. Although obesity is a growing epidemic in the United States, should lawmakers dictate who and where people eat? If you are someone that is overweight, would you like to be told where to eat?

Instead of telling folks where they can or can’t eat, why not educate them on healthy food choices? Why not recognize restaurants that serve healthy menu fare publically (i.e. through television, radio, newpapers, etc.)? The idea is catching on with establishments like Subway. Healthier menu choices such as mandarin oranges or side salads are popping up on fastfood menus.

To me, it is all about choice. If a motorcycle driver chooses to not wear a helmet and crashes/kills themself, there is no one else to blame. If a person KNOWS that eating highly processed/greasy foods are unhealthy for them and they choose to do it anyway, that is THEIR choice. To me, facing higher insurance rates or having to pay for a second airline seat is incentive enough to watch my weight. Not to mention living longer and having knees that like me.

This is just another ploy by the government to “babysit” the country. Just my .02.

If You Give a Mom a Muffin

February 8th, 2008

If You Give a Mom a Muffin

If you give a mom a muffin,
She’ll want a cup of coffee to go with it.
So she’ll pour herself some.
The coffee will get spilled by her three year old.
She’ll wipe it up.

Wiping the floor, she will find some dirty socks.
She’ll remember she has to do some laundry.
When she puts the laundry in the washer,
She’ll trip over some snow boots and bump into the freezer.
Bumping into the freezer will remind her she has to plan supper for tonight.

She will get out a pound of hamburger.
She’ll look for her cookbook. (101 Things To Make With a Pound of
The cookbook is sitting under a pile of mail.
She will see the phone bill which is due tomorrow.
She will look for the checkbook.

The checkbook is in her purse that is being dumped out by her two year old.
She’ll smell something funny.
She’ll change the two year old.
While she is changing the two year old the phone will ring. (Of course!)
Her five year old will answer it and hang up.

She remembers that she wants to phone a friend to come over for coffee on
Thinking of coffee will remind her that she was going to have a cup.
She will pour herself some.
And chances are,
If she has a cup of coffee,
Her kids will have eaten the muffin that went with it.

Written by Kathy Fictorie

10 Reasons to Run

February 6th, 2008

I put in today’s 5 mile run onto the Nikeplus site and saw this post. As I have done many of these, I thought it was funny.

Top 10 Reasons to Run

10 – So you can get up and run at 6 AM before work, when it is 20 degrees outside and all you want to do is sleep another hour, but you know that if you do, you’ll hate yourself the rest of the day.

9 – So your toes can get so ugly to the point that you’re ashamed to wear flip-flops.

8 – So you can tell someone your weekly mileage and get the response, “50 miles?! I don’t even drive that far!” And you can smile and fake a laugh like you haven’t heard it 900 times before. Or they’ll ask how you can enjoy running 26.2 miles and then call you crazy.

7 – So you can double or even triple your shower and grocery bills.

6 – So that the checkout guy at the grocery store gives you a weird look when you’re standing in line with three jars of vaseline.

5 – So you can do laundry three times a week and still run out of matching socks.

4 – So that your muddy, dirty shoes can start piling up outside your door because they’re too smelly to bring inside, and you can listen to your neighbors complain about it everytime you run into them in the hallway.

3 – So that by the time one o’clock rolls around at work, you feel like curling up under your desk and taking a two hour nap.

2 – So you can eat a huge dinner and an hour later you’re hungry again.

1 – Oh, yeah…the health benefits.

The AT&T Half is 11 days away. Sure hope I can make it up and down all those hills!

A Groundhog Day Worth Reliving

February 4th, 2008

Bill Murray had it right. There are just some days that are worth reliving. We experienced one of those days on February 2, Groundhog Day. It was just one of those perfect days that you wish would go on and on.

Due to a camp out, my husband and I found that we had a little over a day to ourselves. After dropping off our munchkin to camp at 7:30 am, we came home and took a morning nap. When we woke up, we made plans to run errands. We got to the point of sitting in the car when my husband changed his mind. As it was a perfect, sunny day, he wanted to go for a drive on the lake. We changed into casual clothes and drove to my in-laws boat.

The light breeze on the water made it a perfect day for a sailboat race. There were sailboats of every size and color cutting through a watery course. My husband and I drove just outside the race path and parked. We floated there for hours soaking up the sun and watching sailboats race by.  It was heavenly.

After that, we came home and got dressed up. I wore a cute, black dress while my husband donned a shirt and tie. My husband had heard of a special restaurant that he had wanted to take me to: Fogo de Chao Churrascaria . It is an amazing place. Waiters walk around with 15 different types of meat on skewers that have been roasted to perfection. They come to your table when you flip over a colored disk and cut off meat for you. My husband warned me not to eat too much from their extensive (and very impressive) salad bar. It was hard to take just a small sampling of: seasoned asparagus, wine marinated mushrooms, various meats, cheeses, and gourmet salads. However, after seeing what the waiters had to offer, I understood the warning.

The food was outstanding and the service was wonderful. It was the most expensive meal I had ever eaten (with tip it was $140 for 2 of us). The meal was savored over 1.5 hours and the night was magical. As we are unsure what our plans will be next month when our 18th anniversary rolls around, this was our “anniversary dinner”.

The day was just perfect. I never wanted it to end. Maybe there is something to be said for reliving a day over and over. If I could, it would definitely be the day that I spent with my husband floating on the lake and not having a care in the world. It was perfect.